-“Sevenpenny Library” Edition in the Rare Dust Jacket-


“Sevenpenny Library” Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A3.6.a) (Woods A3d)

16mo (260 pages, with frontis photo)

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Red cloth]

Item Number: 206426


Collector's Guide

Savrola was Winston Churchill’s first and only novel; a statement of personal and political philosophy delivered as a  work of dystopian fiction with a twist of romance. U.S. publication preceded the British issue by roughly ten days, rendering the American first edition the true first.


This is a very good copy of the so-called “Cheap Edition,” in the extravagantly rare (and extraordinarily striking) dust jacket. A small and rather fragile clothbound paperback-equivalent of the World War I-era, the “Sevenpenny Library” edition did not generally age well and the dust jacket is virtually unknown.

The jacket here has faded along the spine, with edge-chipping at the head and tail. There are fractional chips along the upper edge of the front face and a closed tear along the lower, but overall the jacket is impressively bright and complete. The red cloth is vibrantly fresh, if faintly faded from red to pinkish-red. The contents are fine, the pages a trifle browned, as per usual, and the prelims very lightly toned, with a vintage bookshop inkstamp on the front free endaper. Else fine.

Unique thus.